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Toronto Raptors: A look back at other firsts in franchise history

16 April 2018

On Saturday April 14, 2018 at 5:30pm EST, The Toronto #Raptors (1) will face the Washington #wizards (8) in the first #game of the best of seven series of the first round in the National Basketball Association playoffs. A "culture reset" carried the Toronto Raptors to the top of the Eastern Conference for the first time this season. But 15 of those assists came in the first three quarters as Toronto's defense made things hard in game's final stanza. It was, by far, their best season in franchise history and they did by keeping mostly the same personnel and playing a drastically different style.

The Toronto Raptors have finally exorcised their Game 1 demons.

Indeed, the Raptors trailed the Washington Wizards after 24 minutes at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday. "We've been preparing now for the last two days, it's not the first time we're facing them and we'll know what to expect, and we'll try to take that away". The Raptors' strengths are the Wizards' strengths and vice versa, and Toronto needs Lowry to be their on-court leader besides starting their offense. Lowry played more minutes than usual and was at point guard early in the fourth with several substitutes for the Raptors' push.

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Wall, who was sidelined for two months and just came back before the start of the playoffs, had 23 points and 15 assists for Washington. I think that speaks for itself.

Sharpshooters J.J. Redick (28 points) and Marco Belinelli (25 points) led the 76ers in Philadelphia, while star Ben Simmons (17 points and 14 assists) finished with a double-double. On the next Toronto possession, he found an open Serge Ibaka, who hit a three-pointer. "We're not satisfied. We're in this for the run", he told the Associated Press.

When it was over, it was Wizards coach Scott Brooks who was answering questions about how to slow down the potent Toronto offence.

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The Raptors have also improved their three-point shooting after losing a shootout to the Cavs last season. The Washington Wizards have lost seven straight road games. Lowry's defense was exceptional, especially a late stop on a John Wall fast break where he rose up vertically and completely snuffed out his layup attempt.

"We've got the utmost confidence in our teammates", DeRozan said.

"They've been battle-tested all year, so you've got to let them get a shot at this", Miles said. We want to be those great players, those max-level guys. This has been an on-going concern for the duo: DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry consistently underperform when the calendar rolls to April and May.

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Game 2 of the first round is Tuesday in Toronto, then the series moves to Washington for Game 3 on Friday and 4 on Sunday.

Toronto Raptors: A look back at other firsts in franchise history